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Festival at Indian Ladder Farms to highlight local food

"You can see the animals and the people making it. You can see what's going on," he said.

Some restaurants are also getting in on the local food trend by incorporating as many locally grown foods into their dishes as possible.

One of these restaurants is Marche` at 74 State Street Hotel in Albany. It features a menu made up of a blend of contemporary American beef, chicken and fish entrees. At the food fest, Executive Chef Brian Molino and his team will be putting together one sweet and one savory dish using all locally grown products, including apples from Indian Ladder Farms.

"We would just like to show people the quality of using fresh local ingredients instead of overly manufactured goods," Molino said, adding that it can be expensive and difficult to get local farm-raised meats, but that 80 percent of the produce they serve at the restaurant is from local markets.

Every month, Marche` hosts a seven-course "interactive farmers dinner" at Indian Ladder Farms, where local farmers and chefs talk about the dishes being served and answer questions from guests. The next interactive dinner will be held Friday, Sept.14 at 7 p.m.

For Laurie Ten Eyck, general manager of Indian Ladder Farms, a main reason to put on a festival like this is to " establish a gathering spot for those interested in the local food issue, and the synergy of getting all those people together in one place."

For information on the local food festival or Indian Ladder Farms events, visit the Web site at www.indianladderfarms.com or call 765-2956.

For more information on Marche` Restaurant at 74 State Street, visit the Web site at www.74state.com, or call 694-9178.

For more information on Brown Cow Ice Cream, call 568-2876.

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